Rock fishing involves fishing from rock ledges and rock faces along the coastline of the ocean. It is known to be the most dangerous sport in Australia. On average, 4% of drowning deaths in Australia each year occur when rock fishing. People born overseas account for around 60% of all rock fishing related drowning deaths.
Rock fishing is dangerous even for the most experienced fisherman due to:
- The treacherous shoreline locations where rock fishing is usually carried out
- The unpredictable nature of the ocean
- Slippery and sharp rocks
How to stay safe
Rock fishing can be a safe and enjoyable activity by taking the following safety advice:
- Wearing a lifejacket and non-slip shoes. Your chances of survival increase by 50% if you are wearing a lifejacket. Remember that in some states, such as New South Wales, you are legally required to wear a lifejacket while rock fishing
- Go fishing with a friend. This means there will be someone to call for help in the case of an emergency.
- Check the weather and water conditions before going fishing. Remember conditions can change quickly, so don't take any risks and know your limitations.
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